Special Counsel Bobby Mueller’s team of investigators is digging deep into the finances of both Trump and members of his campaign, which may result in Mueller being able to flip key members of Trump’s campaign against him. Two sources report that Mueller is zeroing in on doing just that, and may be close to flipping President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
Sources say investigators are examining money laundering accusations against Paul Manafort and hope to flip him and make him cooperate with Mueller’s Russia probe. “If Mueller’s team can threaten criminal charges against Manafort, they could use that as leverage to convince him to cooperate,” said one of the sources to Reuters. Manafort left Trump’s campaign two months after joining it, after reports of his sketchy business dealings with the former Russian supported Ukrainian leader, Viktor Yanukovich, were unearthed.
Mueller’s team is in particular examining Manafort’s involvement in Ukrainian politics as well as his shady financial and real estate records in New York. From 06′ to 13′, Manafort purchased three properties in New York, including one at Trump Tower, using tactics typically used to hide the origin of funds gained illegally.
Paul Manafort also owed as much as $17 million in debt to pro Russian interests before joining Trump’s campaign. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that Manafort’s financial records filed in Cyprus, showed that money was owed by shell companies tied to Manafort’s work in Ukraine, as a consultant for former Russian supported Ukrainian leader, Viktor Yanukovich.
Manafort seems to be the dirtiest member of the Trump campaign, as far as publicly available knowledge is concerned. These new leaks to Reuters, may be the result of Mueller’s team being close to a breakthrough. The sources did not verify whether the team has evidence of crimes by Manafort, so we will have to wait and see. It seems highly likely though, that this leak is in anticipation of something big.
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